Summer is over but not the windsurfing season

First of all my apologize for the lack of updates. As usual it has been pretty hectic summer without any free time outside family, work and racing. So what was going on lately.

As you already know I decided not to go the whole PWA tour anymore and more focus on my family and work. So this season was like a starter for me to try combine all the mentioned things and I can say so far so good. Well … sure not always easy (better write “sometimes a bit easier”) with a lots of obstacles and stress along the way but I’m fighting and doing my best.

Regarding racing I took part in a few slalom events around Czech like Austrian slalom Championship at the Choco lake and Swiss Nationals at lake Silvaplana mainly to prepare for the PWA events where I took part. Those were Costa Brava, Fuerteventura and Denmark. Even if I spend some time in Tarifa over the winter it was so hard to keep my top performance over the time spent at home and work. That is why I’m kind of satisfied with my overall performance (but not so much with the results)  specialy nowdays when the boys are pushing so hard and the level is so high. I even have to say that my results and performace this season were much better than last few years. It could be because I’m sailing now without any pressure or stress. I’m enjoying every moment on the water and that’s the key.

Thinking about it with a bit of hindsight I have been sailing quite a lot this season but most of the time at my home lake where I have the center as well. Windwise was not that good as last year but we had some really nice days over the summer so I could use not only the biggest gear but 7.7 or 7.0 as well. After so many years I’m still very gratefull to have my base there and sail the lake anytime I want.

The summer is maybe over but not the windsurfing season! Hopefully stronger winds are coming when the temperatures are lower. We swop t-shirts for hoodies, boardshorts for long wetsuit but I don’t mind. Bring it ON!

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Předně bych se rád omluvil za nedostatek aktualit, ale léto je v mém případě vždycky hodně busy. Rodina, práce, závody a tudíž moc času na jiný věci nezbývá. Pokud se mi ale přeci jen podaří něco napsat, najdete to na  mém blogu bratrstva okřídleného býka Red Bull 

Co všechno se tedy v přůběhu léta událo? Jak jistě víte, rozhodl jsem se pro letošní sezónu omezit svoji účast na světové PWA Worldtour a více se soustředit na rodinu a práci. V praxi to znamenalo pokusit se všechny tyto věci skloubit dohromady, aby to fungovalo a abych se  z toho nezbláznil. S odstupem času myslím, že se to s menšími či většimi potížemi podařilo. Není to vždycky lehký, ale já jsem zvyklý bojovat a dělám pro to maximum.

V průběhu léta se mi tedy podařilo zúčastnit se několika závodů u našich sousedů jako Mistrovství Rakouska ve slalomu (2. místo) či Mistrovství Švycarska na jezeře Silvaplana (závod odjet pouze do finále, kde jsem nechyběl). Má příprava ale směřovala na 3 vybrané závody světového poháru a to na španělskou Costa Brava, největrnější závod celé tour Fuerteventuru a novou zastávku dánský Hvide Sande. Upřímně řečeno jsem měl největší obavy z toho, jak udržet svoji těžce nabytou formu ze zimního pobytu na Tarifě po celé období 4 měsíců. Jako jeden z mála (vlastně jediný) jsem totiž neměl šanci trávit celý čas přípravou a tréninkem na moři tak, jak tomu bylo v minulosti. Naštěstí mám Nechranice, které nejsou sice úplně 100% náhradou a formu tam nevylepšíte, ale je to lepší než nic.  Díky nim a počasí, které mě podrželo, jsem se tak mohl alespoň udržovat, abych celou zimu a jaro nespláchl do záchodu. Když tedy vezmu v potaz všechny faktory, jsem se svým předvedeným výkonem (ne tak moc už se svými výsledky) v odjetých závodech docela spokojen. Zvláště v dnešní době, kdy do toho všichni šlapou opravdu na 120% a celkově je level celého závodního pole hrozně vysoko. Je potřeba stát na zemi! Co se týče výsledků, tak bych to samozřejmě viděl rád někde jinde, protože se cítím na víc, nicméně i přesto musím konstatovat, že to bylo celkově lepší než v minulých 3 letech, kdy jsem se windsurfingu věnoval naplno. Myslím, že to je tím, že už na sebe tolik netlačím a celé to tolik neřeším. Místo toho si celé závodění daleko více užívám a jsem rád za každou minutu strávenou na vodě. A tak by to mělo asi být.

Léto je tedy u konce, ale ne tak windsurfingová sezóna. Po letní domácí větrné pauze očekávám sice nižší teploty a méně slunce, ale o to více větru. Nemůžu se dočkat!

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Termín jarní kliniky

Česká windsurfingová sezóna je téměř za dveřmi a s ní i termín mé jarní nechranické kliniky. Ten je 7.-8.5 a jako náhrada v případě špatných podmínek pak následující víkend 14.-15.5.

Podrobnosti o náplni, ceně a dalších věcech najdete v sekci CLINICS 2016

Doufám, že nám podmínky vyjdou minimálně jako na jaře v roce minulém

Budu se těšít

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That’s it for this year

It is close to Christmas eve and I just put all my gear to garage for a bit. If you consider that since august I was sailing  in Czech then is not bad at all.

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Noteworthy two autumn moments. First one was sailing and filming our last North Sails episode with Marco Lang at my home spot and the second moment was the ultimate big day one week later at the same place.

I was waiting for the filming day for quite some time but my pacience worth it. 11th of Nov Marco arrived and we spent 3 days sailing at lake Nechranice. For the filming we chose the strongest forecast and it was really nice. 8hrs shift on the water sailing 7.8 and 7.0 Warps 016. My personal feeling is that we made best video episode of  this year. You can check this out here and make your own opinion.

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And finally the Big Day! I can only say that it was really balistic and belive me when I say balistic then it means balistic. The lake was just boiling. Average over 40 knts with gusts up to 54. Waves like the Nord sea and the temperatures as well. Managed to sail for about 90 minutes on my smallest gear (72+4.2). Sometimes strugelling to hold the gear down sometimes nice fly over the horizon. Even tried and almost landed few starboard tack backloops. Damn it that felt good! Who cares I was destroyed like I never sailed before. Pure radical nature. I think it was the biggest day at the lake I ever expirienced.

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…and that’s it for 2015. Up and down year full of those moments. Hope I can come back next year. Still working on my calendar as some true changes are coming  but I know already that mid of Feb I go back to my second home Tarifa to get ready for the next season however it will looks like.

The Season

The time is just flying! It has been a while since I updated my website and Im really sorry for that. Hectic summer I would say. Busy with racing, with the center and with few more projects.

Anyway the racing on the tour is not going well so far this season. Even if I trained pretty hard and I feel really good on the water  I’m missing the small piece of “something” which will turn it to good. Unfortunately still not happening. The Costa Nada event was the same story as the Korean one. Not much wind means not much racing and this I don’t like at all. At least we had the Fuertevetura. God bless this place. Finally some decent racing with small gear (at least for few days). I really enjoyed it this time and my results from some eliminations were finally way better. Unfortunately Alacati went back to no wind style plus just night before racing I poisoned with food. I think that was just the highlite of this years bad luck which follows me the whole tour. Who was racing in Alacati knows that making good result here you must be at least 100%. Not my case. Game over again. So all in all pretty tough year for me so far. But I’m in the bussines for some time already so I know how hard and unfair can sport be. Sometimes you just need to have balls to make it thru and I think is my case.

On the other side I have brilliant season at my lake Nechranice starting to call it Newaii. Since I was child (like 25 years ago) I never experienced such a windy summer. Strong wind, warm and sunny. I think we had much more wind over the whole summer then some spots we have PWA slaloms. I was even thinking to organize Eurocup slalom here. Would be great to have some other guys and friends from the tour in Czech Republic. I think we could easily destroy the Prague after the event. Anyway I’m very thankful for the conditions we have. It makes me happy and after all this years I still love to sail here.

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Korean kick off

Well the time has come. Beggining of May and our first PWA slalom event in Korea. Everybody ready everybody charging. I had a bit hectic time before I left because have to mov the whole family back to Czech and straight after we had to move to the new appartment. It was hell of a six days of packing and moving. So glad that I was sitting on the plane tired but happy that all went almost smooth.

Luckily after I arrived to Jinha beach there were few days to recover from the long journey and jetlag. And then the game has begin. Classic Korea. Up and down gusty shifting wind. Conditions I like and that is why I’m coming every year back. Unfortunately after this event I’m not sure anymore. I don’t remember having so much bad luck in one event and like a bonus one big mistake of my self. What a start to a new season.

We manage to finish 2 eliminations thru the whole week. We had quite nice windy second day already when I was sailing almost for 4 hours but somehow we didn’t even try to start. I still think it was a mistake but I respect race director decision. The day D was the fourth one. Starting with the biggest gear and ending up on 7.8 and medium. I had a good beggining. First start and easy coming on qual.position but the heat was cancelled. Then tried another few starts when my outhaul rope broke. Repairing it on water for ages but I made right before my red flag signal. I had to fix it without any chance to adjust it during sailing so had to race with a balón. Anyway average start and jibing still on fourth. Then the wind hole and I was passed by the guy behing my. Tried to make a comeback but catapulted over plastic bag in full speed. Game over nr. 1. Dissapointed but ready to fight back. Next elimination next start and plastic bag on my fin straight after the start. Took me a while to get rid of it but definitely last on the jibe. And then the God opened his arms and gave me the chance to come back on the last buyo….and I blew it! Hard to explain what happened there but in the end I didn’t turn the mark properly and that’s why have been disqualified. Disaster! I didn’t feel so bad in very long time but had to suck it up and focus for the last days. Unfortunately no more racing in Korea.

Honestly I didn’t even check my result because it was just way too much for me. Big disappointment because I was working very hard over the winter and gave all in. But sometimes is like that. Have to take it easy and keep my line. I feel that Im there and just have to show it. Fingers crossed for Costa Brava.

PS: On the other side there was one big positive. Our Fanatic/Northsails team took 3 places in TOP10 and Pierre took bronze. What a proof that our gear works perfect! Very happy for the guys and hope we can repeat it.

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Serious traning underway

Yeah! I’m fully on it! Since 8th of March we have the racing camp here in Tarifa with some other top guys and even if the wind is not playing ball with us right now we already had some nice racing days on the racing course.

Since my last post it has been just great time. Lots of sailing but not only slalom. We had some nice jumping sesssions in Canos a finally some decent speed sesh at Campo (you can check the report from the speed day at Czech Redbull site). I was at home for a week as well to see my family and for a bit of recovery. I would say it is classic Tarifa with a bit more levante than usual but I don’t mind. Loving it here and pushing my limits every day.

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Tarifa time

It has been a while since my last update but it was a moving time. End of January I packed all my gear with some more family stuff and I drove back to Tarifa where I will spend next 3 months full of surfing sailing and preparing for the next season.

Since I’m here is has been good. We are sailing more or less every day so it is good for tuning all my gear. “Unfortunately” it is so windy that no chance to try my biggest gear so far. The most used combo is 7.7 Warp and 111 Falcon and I really like it. Like a cherry on the cake strong Levante arrived yesterday. Fully overpowered on my 5.7 and smallest board reminded me that Tarifa is one of the few places you can get some serious high wind slalom sailing and it is shame we don’t have any PWA event here.

We had already some good wave sessions as well. Port tack riding starboard tack jumping. But is has been some time since my last wave sailing so I might need a bit more practise to feel comfy in waves again.

All in all so far so good. I hope that things will go smooth and I will feel some proper improvements.

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